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“Great little motel!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Colonial Motel
Ranked #16 of 32 Hotels in Blenheim
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great little motel!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

Booked in here last minute and I was not dissapointed at all! Lovely staff, the couple at the front desk (owners?) gave us great recommendations for dinner and our room was spotless!
It was a little chilly for us to use the pool unfortunately so maybe next time!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank JaiLeih
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Peter E, Owner at Colonial Motel, responded to this review, 21 October 2013
Thank you for your kind words and so glad you enjoyed your stay.
We do endeavour to explain to guests what they can do in the area and it is a pleasure to host people and make them feel at home.
We appreciate your comments regarding your stay and the quality of the accommodation and we will continue to maintain our standards.
Hope we see you back here at sometime in the future.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Nambour
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

Our group of 5 stayed at the Colonial Motel in Blenheim on the 13 August 2013. We arrived about 10 minutes before our half day tour left for the famous Marlborough wineries. Our room was very spacious, comfortable and warm. The owners Peter and Shona were very friendly and welcoming hosts.

We had been on the road for 4 days prior to getting to the Colonial Motel. Most of our clothes needed to be washed. On checking if they had a laundry on site for us to utilise Shona offered to both wash and dry our clothes while we were on the wine tour.

After the winery tour we got comfortable in our room drank some great wine, put out a cheese platter and watched The Hobbit (the Motel has a good range of DVDs to borrow).

On check out in the morning I asked Peter if I could say thanks again to Shona but I was unable to as she had left early that morning and she was on her way to Singapore. Yet the day before her international trip she had made time to wash and dry our clothes.

I cannot recommend this motel more.


“It was like discovering a wine-cellar filled with bottles of amazing wine of a kind and flavour never tasted before. It quite intoxicated me.” - J.R.R Tolkien

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sallyjanne85
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Peter E, Owner at Colonial Motel, responded to this review, 29 August 2013
Thank you Guys for your wonderful review. We just think that it is part and parcel of the hospitality business to look after all of our guests just as we did for you.

Glad you enjoyed your stay both in our motel and in Marlborough. We did enjoy your company and look forward to hosting you again.
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New Zealand
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35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

Very friendly owners who made us feel very welcome. Maps and brochures were given to us on arrival with recommendations about things to do. We stayed here for three nights during the earthquakes and felt genuinely cared for. Very spacious room, spotlessly clean and well supplied. Very central location and an easy walk to the CBD.

Room Tip: Recommend a unit at the back as the motel is on a main road.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sally424
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Peter E, Owner at Colonial Motel, responded to this review, 4 August 2013
Thank you for your very positive comments regarding your stay. We endeavour to meet the needs of guests and make sure their stay is as comfortable as possible. Your 3 days here were certainly memorable because of the earthquake but it did not put you off.
Glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2013

Fantastically classic kiwi hospitality, the owners are the most helpful and friendly and bent over backwards to make it a great 2 day stay. Convenient to town. Very clean and well serviced. No need to look any further, will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank george210313
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Peter E, Owner at Colonial Motel, responded to this review, 23 March 2013
Thank you very much for your positive and great comments George.
It is always encouraging to receive such feedback and we do enjoy looking after guests and attending to any queries.
Glad that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to hosting you again. You were a very pleasant group to host.
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2013

Shona and Peter Etheredge are warm and welcoming hosts. They could not do enough for us. The accommodation was spotlessly clean and the bed was extremely comfortable. The sitting room chairs weren't the most comfortable for lounging in, but that's a minor quibble.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Mosskat55
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Peter E, Owner at Colonial Motel, responded to this review, 13 January 2013
Thank you for your comments and it was a pleasure to help you enjoy your stay.
We look forward to seeing you again sometime. It is always a pleasure to have received such positive remarks.
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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2013

We stayed 3 nights and had a wonderful experience with top kiwi hospitality. We arrived Picton on the late Interislander ferry around 9.30pm. By the time we picked up our hire car and arrived the accommodation in Bleheim was after 10pm. The Reception was closed by then the owner Peter came out to greet us when he heard our car pull up.

The room was kept immaculately clean everyday. We had tons of dirty clothes from hiking to be washed and Peter was very helpful. While we were out for the day Peter even took the dried clothes off the clothes line and put them in our room as the weather was turning bad.

Peter was very helpful throughout our stay including where to get the groceries and places to eat around the accommodation.

Room Tip: It's a 2 storey motel, the upper floor has a better view of the mountains.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tythsu
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Peter E, Owner at Colonial Motel, responded to this review, 13 January 2013
Thank you for your generous comments and we always endeavour to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. Look forward to seeing you again.
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Nelson, New Zealand
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2012

We stayed at the Colonial Motel with a Sports Team and wow it was simpy awesome. The owners are unbelievably friendly and helpful. The rooms are spacious and beautifully clean. There was a laundry for us to use to wash and dry uniforms and a garage to set up a team table so we could all eat together. I would recommend this to anyone, single through to groups.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Alethea S
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Peter E, Owner at Colonial Motel, responded to this review, 6 November 2012
Thank you Alethea for your wonderful comments.
We do endeavour to make stays as comfortable as possible and we enjoy looking after our guests.
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Property: Colonial Motel
Address: 66 Main Street, Blenheim 7201, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Blenheim
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Blenheim
#9 Romantic Hotel in Blenheim
#11 Luxury Hotel in Blenheim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Colonial Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Colonial Motel is a 10 unit accommodation provider with a 4 star Qualmark rating. We have 3 Studios, 4 Two bedroom units, 2 One bedroom units and a Three bedroom unit, all of which are fully self contained with full kitchens. Guests can enjoy free WiFi,free DVD library,Sky TV,a swimming pool as well as a playhouse for the children. A portable BBQ can be placed outside your unit. A laundry is available for guest use. Continental and cooked breakfasts can be ordered and delivered to your room along with a complimentary newspaper. Within a short walking distance you will find a Restaurant,Dairy,Fish & Chip Shop,New World Supermarket,Stadium and CBD. We supply you with maps and information to help you with your exploration of the area. ... more   less 
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Colonial Motel Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand

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